Fakeouts have been cropping up on Facebook for years, but now it’s actually here: October 21, 2015, the day Marty, Jennifer, and Doc Brown traveled to in Robert Zemeckis’s Back to the Future Part II. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the original film, which came out on July 3, 1985.
I was 11 when Back to the Future hit the big screen, and I remember falling in love with it. I especially remember devouring everything I could related to the movie. There was no Internet in 1985, so we had to hear stuff from a friends and scour the magazine racks. Shelf space was limited and sci fi was the red-headed stepchild on the magazine racks (along with comic books), so there was only a small row usually devoted to those things. However, there was one magazine that did delve into the current theatrical releases and even try and dig up info on upcoming films—that magazine was Starlog, and it took two whole years after the release of the original film for them to put the things my young mind had been working feverishly to work out into context. In “The Other Marty McFly,” Bruce Gordon put into words what I had been trying to tell my friends. To see it written up in a big publication justified my thoughts and also pushed me fully down the wonderful path of geekdom.
I could tell you all about the plot of the original film and the subsequent sequels, but I’m sure if you’re reading this you already know all that. Just in case, a quick summary:
- Back to the Future: A boy named Marty McFly, with the help of his scientist friend Doc Brown, goes back into the past (1955) and wonks up his timeline. Hilarious hijinks ensue.
- Back to the Future Part II: Marty and the Doc must travel to the future (October 21, 2015) to once again protect Marty’s family. But once again because of wonking up the timestream they must go to the past to save all of the timelines. Hilarious hijinks ensue.
- Back to the Future Part III: Primarily set in 1885, where Marty is thrust for a third time into the role of protecting his family and timelines, as well as saving Doc Brown. Hilarious hijinks really ensue (along with at least one creepy kid).
What you might not know, and what you came here for, are the ways you can celebrate this beloved trilogy on its special day (and maybe get a pair of self-lacing Nikes). So let’s get to it!
1. See the Films
- Arbor Lakes AMC
- Brooklyn Center Regal
- Coon Rapids Showplace AMC
- Eagan Regal
- Eden Prairie Mall AMC
- Inver Grove AMC
- Pequot Lakes Sunset Cinemas
- Rosedale AMC
- Southdale AMC
The Wehrenberg Rochester Galaxy is showing parts I and II, and the following theaters are showing just Back to the Future Part II:
- Hastings Cinema
- Marcus Elk River Cinmea
- Oakdale Marcus Cinema
- Parkwood Cinema Waite Park
- Rosemount Marcus Cinema
- Shakopee Cinema
If you’d rather watch at home, the Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy (which reportedly includes two hours of bonus content) is out on Blu-ray and DVD today and is streaming on Amazon Prime all month. The animated series is coming out on DVD as well, and a special box set that includes all of the above plus a 64-page book and light-up flux capacitor packaging is also available.
2. See a Film about the Films
Back in Time, a documentary about the cultural impact of the Back to the Future trilogy, premieres on Netflix and Blu-ray (and at at the Los Angeles We’re Going Back festival) today. It includes “more than 50 interviews with the cast [and] crew, and some of the trilogy’s biggest fans were captured during production.”
3. Enjoy a Can of Pepsi Perfect
That is, if you can get your hands on one. Pepsi is releasing a limited run of Pepsi Perfect to honor the soda appearing in the trilogy. The 6,500 retrofuturistic bottles are selling for an appropriate $20.15 (until they’re resold on eBay, anyway) and are filled with “real sugar” Pepsi.
4. Step into a Pair of Nike Air MAGs
This one has been a big case of “Will they or won’t they?” Recently Nike had been hinting that they could release a wider run of the famous power-laced sneakers from the film, a version of which they auctioned off in 2011 to support the Michael J. Fox Foundation, but there hadn’t been any definitive news one way or the other. This morning, Sarah Eisen at CNBC claimed on Twitter that at least one pair had arrived in New York—whether consumers will have any shot at them is a whole other question.
— Sara Eisen (@SaraEisen) October 21, 2015
Update, 2:00 p.m.: GQ is reporting on some new information from none other than Michael J. Fox. Click here for the full article!
5. Lament the Non-Existence of Hoverboards
Yes, there have been some recent attempts—Lexus’s SLIDE and Arx Pax’s Hendo—but they only work over metallic surfaces. Version 2.0 of the Hendo Hover is being unveiled to investors today, but it’s pretty doubtful we’ll be getting a real-life version of the movie hoverboard just yet.
6. Watch Jaws 19
Okay, not really. But you can watch the fake trailer that Universal put out earlier this month.
7. Read the Book
Yesterday was publication day for Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History, which covers the making of the films and includes a number of collectible items.
8. Play the Game
On October 13, Telltale Games released remastered editions of Back to the Future: The Game, originally released in 2010 and 2011.
9. Root for the Cubs
The Chicago Cubs are currently facing off against the New York Mets in the National League Championship series. If they win, they move on to the World Series—meaning they could maybe, just maybe, fulfill Back to the Future‘s prediction of them winning the championship. It would be their first World Series win in 107 years. Read more at the AV Club.
10. Speculate Endlessly about a New Installment
Because Christopher Lloyd said he’d totally do it.